Trivia Fit For a King (or a Dancing Queen)!

The first Monday in October was filled with headlines: the opening of a new venue, the first four-game winning streak of Season XVI, and a crazy finish in Alexandria.  Before we check out the highlights, we would like to welcome Bushwaller’s in Frederick to the PHT family!  Host Scott had a huge turnout for opening night, and our winning team took home an extra $50 in cash!  Across the board, Monday featured 81 teams at eight venues:


We challenged our teams right out of the gate on Monday night, as the first bonus question of the opening round asked for name of the Republican who is currently serving as Governor of Texas.  Only eight teams earned an extra two points with the correct response of Greg Abbott.  Later, we learned that former civil servant Millvina Dean once joked that she would often decline the offer of ice cubes in her drinks, since she was the last survivor of the Titanic disaster.  We concluded the first round by asking our teams to name the pain relieving compound found in Tylenol products.  While most of our teams responded correctly, only 21% of the field earned bonus points by spelling this word correctly:


The first round yielded perfect scores to only four teams: The Aces (DRP), Westward Ho! (Morgan Inn), Rapscallions (Uno Pizzeria), and We Thought This Was Speed Dating (Il Forno).


Monday’s audio question offered up clips of TV sitcoms for our teams to identify.  With the clips set in three different decades, having a multi-generational team was a big help on this question.  About two-thirds of the field submitted at least two correct answers, but only nine teams scored bonus points by recognizing all three shows: “Happy Days”, “Murphy Brown”, and “Arrested Development”.  Later, the second round provided our teams with the most difficult wagering question of the first half:

–> Which first name is shared by an avian Disney character, a character in the “Mario” video game series, and the title character of a novella written by Henry James?

Only 27% of our teams earned their wager with the correct answer of Daisy:

Daisy Duck Mario Miller

Finally, we asked about the Beatles song which includes a Sanskrit mantra in its lyrics, while more recently providing the title for this musical film:

Across the Universe

Most of our teams needed little “Help!” coming up with the correct answer of “Across the Universe”.  During the second round, only Kitten Mittens (Cheesetique) notched a perfect score of 36 points.


Monday’s halftime page was the most difficult we’ve seen so far during Season XVI.  The field performed very well identifying pictures of celebrities who share their surnames with Football Hall of Famers, but the bottom half was a different story.  We asked our teams to name the ten countries which rank in the top 25 worldwide in both population and land area.  Five of the ten answers were rather obvious (China, India, U.S.A., Brazil, Russia), but there were certainly a few surprising answers here, including Indonesia, South Africa, and Iran.  Overall, the average halftime score reached 12.8 points, with no team able to pull a perfect score.  Eat Ham (DRP) topped the halftime leaderboard with a score of 19 points.  Here are Monday’s top overall scores at the halftime break:


Monday’s second half began with a three-part question concerning Famous Female Firsts, as we looked at the notable achievements of women such as Sandra Day O’Connor, Aretha Franklin, and Benazir Bhutto.  We followed up with a look at the brand of coffee advertised in these commercials:


Later, the third round included the most difficult wagering question of the night:

–> This fictional doctor emerged in a magazine story of the 1930s.  By the 1960s, those stories spawned a radio series, comic strips, comic books, and a TV show which helped launch actor Richard Chamberlain to fame.

Even with the inclusion of a crossword-style hint, only 17% of our teams earned points on this question with the correct response of Dr. Kildare.  We closed the third round by asking about the not-so-meaningful stage name of this songstress whose real name is Elizabeth Grant:

Lana Del Ray

Yes, that’s Lana Del Ray, who apparently chose her stage name because it “reminded me of the seaside on the Floridian coast”.  Thanks to Dr. Kildare, the third round did not see any perfect scores.


The final stanza began with this question in the category of Slang Terms:

–> Defined by Urban Dictionary as “visual artifacts produced by those with low self-esteem and no friends”, what term attributed to photographer Jim Krause was named the 2013 Word of the Year by the Oxford English Dictionary?

Most of our teams were able to surmise that we were looking for selfie, but we also offered a two-point bonus to those teams who could name the actress who starred on the short-lived TV series of the same name:

Selfie TV

She is certainly better known for her work on “Doctor Who” and “Guardians of the Galaxy”, but nine teams were able to remember that this sitcom featured Scottish actress Karen Gillan.  Later, we asked for the two former New York Yankees pitchers who have appeared in at least 20 World Series games.  Once again, the multi-generational teams shined here, as these players were born more than 40 years apart.  Only seven teams knew both correct answers of Mariano Rivera and Whitey Ford:


The fourth round concluded with our nightly Three Clues question, with Monday’s edition dealing with a city:

CLUE 1: The first World War II conference attended by Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt, and Joseph Stalin took place here.

CLUE 2: Erected in the early 1970s, the Azadi Tower is located here.

These first two clues enticed many early guesses, nearly all of which were incorrect.  There were actually more than a dozen major World War II conferences before the ‘Big Three’ finally met in November of 1943.  Despite guesses from nearly half of the field, only four teams earned a two-point bonus here by turning in the correct answer of Tehran after the first two clues had been read.  Perhaps a visual clue would have helped with asking about the Azadi Tower:

Azadi Tower

Once again, we did not see any perfect scores in the final round.  Here are Monday’s top scores after the fourth round:

MONDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (21.4% success rate):

–> Not including stage plays or revues, this is the longest-running Broadway show to have never won a Tony Award.  Name this musical which ran from 2001 to 2015, holding the distinction of being the longest-running “jukebox musical” of all-time.

Mamma Mia

With correct answers from less than one-quarter of the field, this question had quite an effect on the standings at numerous venues.  At DRP in Alexandria, a team playing for the first time leapt from seventh place on this question to take home the miracle victory!  Congratulations to Deep State!  We did not see any teams score the Perfect 21 on Monday by answering correctly on all wagering questions.  Here are your top overall scores:


DRP in Alexandria, VA:  Deep State  (Next week’s first category: U.S. Secretaries of State)

Greene Turtle in Hagerstown, MD:  Arrondissements of Ouagadougou  (Next week’s first category: “Coach” – TV series)

Morgan Inn in Woodbine, MD:  Westward Ho  (Next week’s first category: Rock and Roll Drummers)

Hershey’s Restaurant in Gaithersburg, MD:  Killer Snails  (Next week’s first category: Columbus, Ohio)

Uno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD:  Cher’s Zombie Army  (Next week’s first category: Ian Sings ABBA)

Cheesetique in Arlington, VA:  Kitten Mittens  (Next week’s first category: O.J. Simpson’s Post-Football Life)

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD:  Beer Busters  (Next week’s first category: Scandinavia)

Il Forno in Frederick, MD:  Gorillas with Machine Guns  (Next week’s first category: U.S. National Parks)